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Gordon Young and Why Not Associates

My disseration was all about typography brecking free from the page. Gordon Young and Why Not Associates have produced lots of typographic sculpture. This piece was create for the University of York, titled the Singing Stone, the artwork is made from a seven-metre long granite boulder engraved with words from W.B. Yeats poem He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.

Some of the letters were applied using machinery, while others (those near the bottom where the stone is less uniform) were chiselled in by hand by a stonemason. Letters are carved in Eric Gill’s typeface Golden Cockerel, which Altmann says was chosen for its classic feel. “We tried quite a few fonts, to see how they all looked, and that one just felt right. It had that classic, Roman lettering, almost hand-carved look, which felt appropriate, and I was happy as Eric Gill’s also my favourite font designer,” he adds.

Check out more of Young work here.

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Chuck Close

This name was given to me to look at in relation to my ‘ilmito exhibition’ post. Chuck Close is an American painter/photographer; he has a unique visual style.  He mixes bright vibrant colours which are in turn merged with fleshy tones to create a slightly surreal effect. 

Here are a few examples of his work

Chuck Close

Chuck Close 2 Maggie

Maggie, 1996

Chuck Close 3

Self Portrait